Scooter return a mystery

SIMON SMITH
Last updated 05:00 05/12/2012
Cody Oakes
Simon Smith
STOKED: Cody Oakes enjoys his scooter that was pilfered and, after a leaflet drop, mysteriously returned. ‘‘Cody said to me that he’d like to think that the person regreted taking it and bought it back,’’ his mother Leah Oakes says.

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An 8-year-old boy who had his Christmas present stolen wants to thank the person who anonymously returned it.

Cody Oake's MGP scooter was taken from his family's open garage when they were inside their Flat Bush home, his mother Leah says.

"They had to come up the driveway to take it," she says. "We both cried."

The distinctive $300 scooter had been bought only a week-and-a-half before it was stolen on November 22.

"He got an early Christmas present and it was pretty special to him," Miss Oakes says. "It was customised, he'd bought the handle bars himself."

The next day they printed 300 flyers and with Cody's friend James Whelan, spent two-and-a-half hours putting them in letter boxes and on lamp posts.

"So yesterday when we arrived home to find it in the middle of our driveway it was a magic moment," she says. "And he said: ‘Mum, I'd love to say thank you', and I thought, ‘son you've got the most beautiful heart'.

"I will be putting a sign on my garage or on my front window, a simple thank you, because whoever took it passes by here and they are sure to see it," she says. "Just to say that it does matter and there is good out there."

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